Marbella is an exclusive Spanish seaside resort on the Costa del Sol. Popular among the rich and famous, its neighbour Puerto Banus has a large marina where many yachts, including those belonging to celebrities, are moored. On offer here is a wide variety of hotels to suit all budgets.
Many of the well-known hotel chains are located along the seafront in Marbella. Famous brands include Iberotel, H10, Hesperia, Nunez, Riu hoteles, Sirenis, Viva, Barcelo, Tryp, Sol Melia, NH Hoteles, AC hoteles and Abba. These Marbella hotels are well appointed and ideally suited to a family holiday. The summer months attract large numbers of visitors, so it best to book hotels in advance.
In the area there are a number of package-only Marbella hotels and holiday villages, in addition to an extensive range of self-catering accommodation, from villas to luxury apartments. There are also plenty of timeshare properties, which are marketed as hotel-style suites.
As well as boasting a glorious beach, Marbella has an old town, which is ideal for those looking to stay in a small hostel or locally run hotel that is full of character. The town dates back to 1600 B.C. and is notable for its Moorish castle. The residential old quarter is well worth a visit.
The nightlife in Puerto Banus is perfect for those looking for a good night out, but for a more traditional Spanish nightlife, tourists are advised to stay close to the old town. If you are a keen shopper, Marbella offers exclusive boutiques, but consider heading east to Malaga for a wider range of retail outlets. Travel inland to Mijas and Ronda to be treated to spectacular views and a taste of local history. Also within travelling distance from Marbella is Gibraltar. A famous tourist destination, Gibraltar is a slice of the UK abroad and boasts plenty of duty-free shopping.
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